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Patients are happy with Hearing Aids By Neil & Shannon Aiello, Doctors of Audiology, Columbia Basin Hearing Center Hearing aids? When questioned, many people say they are hesitant because they have a friend, who has an aunt, whose husband spent a great amount of money on hearing aids that he hated in the end. There are indeed many “hearing aid horror stories” circulating the popular bridge clubs and local fishing holes. (“They were uncomfortable, they made everything louder, they whistled, and of course, they cost so darn much.”) There was a time that these were valid complaints from hearing aid users, however, we are happy to report that those times are over. In 2011, it was reported that 74 percent ...

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By Neil & Shannon Aiello, Doctors of Audiology, Columbia Basin Hearing Center What is Tinnitus? Approximately 50 million people in the United States experience some sort of noise inside their ears or head when no external sounds are present. The sensation can be constant, intermittent, as well as varying from one type of sound to another. The sounds can also vary from day to day or hour to hour causing patients a great deal of frustration. Tinnitus is the name used to describe this sensation, and is pronounced “tinn-i-tuss”. Tinnitus is not a disease itself; but rather it is a symptom of something else; which is almost always benign. Many Audiologists have received advanced training and certification in Sound Therapy ...

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Listen Up! Your Key to Better Hearing standard

Important Facts to Consider Before Purchasing Hearing Aids By Neil & Shannon Aiello, Doctors of Audiology, Columbia Basin Hearing Center If you are over the age of 55, your mailbox has probably been flooded with ads for the latest “life changing” hearing technology or perhaps; “You have been hand selected to participate in a field trial of the latest hearing solution”. Open the paper… “You are invited to a lunch presented by the nation’s top authority on hearing aids,” or “You triple the risk of dementia if you do not treat your hearing loss.” Another fraudulent type of advertising called the “loss leader”, or “bait and switch”, is when a company advertises extremely cheap products with little or no intention ...

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Even Mild Hearing Loss Triples Risk of Falling standard

By the Doctors of Audiology at Columbia Basin Hearing Center A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging suggests that hearing loss significantly increases your risk of falling. Among older adults (age 65 or older), falls are a serious public health problem and are the leading cause of injury death in the US. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 20,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries and 2.2 million nonfatal injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2009. Direct medical costs of falls are estimated at approximately $30 billion dollars per year. To make the connection between hearing loss and fall risk, researchers analyzed data from more than 2,000 people ...

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Addressing Hearing Loss, Dizziness, and Balance Disorders in the Elderly can Improve Quality of Life standard

By Neil W. Aiello, Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology, Columbia Basin Hearing Center With increased longevity in today’s society comes a corresponding increase in the incidence of hearing loss, dizziness and balance problems. Each of these conditions are common among the senior population. Some revealing statistics from the National Institute on Aging include: Approximately one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems. Nearly half the people who are 75 or older have hearing loss. As many as 40% of all adults will experience dizziness severe enough to warrant reporting it to their doctor. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, over 90 million Americans will experience dizziness or vertigo in their lifetime. Dizziness ...

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